Latest 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games News

Texts, pictures lead to 1st doping case under new US law

Jan. 13, 2022 09:41 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Nigeria's top Olympic medal hopeful was thrilled. The drugs her doctor sent were working. “Eric my body feel so good,” Blessing Okagbare said in a text not long after running the 100 meters in a personal-best 10.63 seconds. “Whatever you did is working so...

Man charged with giving Olympic athletes performance drugs

Jan. 12, 2022 13:55 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. prosecutors charged a Texas man on Wednesday with providing performance-enhancing drugs to athletes competing in last summer’s Olympics in Tokyo, including the star Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare. Eric Lira, 41, of El Paso, is the first person to be...

Banned from the Olympics by IOC, NKorea puts blame elsewhere

Jan. 07, 2022 04:49 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Friday said it would skip next month’s Beijing Olympics because of the COVID-19 pandemic and “hostile forces’ moves,” a largely redundant statement since the country has already been banned from the Games by the IOC. In September,...

IOC assures teams Winter Olympics in Beijing will go ahead

Jan. 05, 2022 14:22 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — A day after Switzerland's team leader asked for talks about possibly postponing the Beijing Olympics because of the coronavirus pandemic, the IOC promised officials worldwide on Wednesday the Winter Games will go ahead as planned. The Swiss Olympic committee said the...

Blazers' Lillard out next 3 games with abdominal injury

Jan. 05, 2022 13:40 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland guard Damian Lillard will miss the next three games because of lower abdominal tendinopathy. The Trail Blazers announced Wednesday that Lillard will undergo further evaluation and consultation concerning the injury, which has bothered him since the...

Column: Another socially distanced Newby Awards for 2021

Dec. 31, 2021 03:00 AM EST

We had hoped the Newby Awards could return to a bit of normalcy this year. Ohhh, how we'd love to stroll down the imaginary red carpet, pretend to dole out some statuettes, and make-believe we're attending a train wreck of an after-party at Kanye West's new house before he tears it...

2021 Notebook: For athletes, mental health took center stage

Dec. 22, 2021 22:48 PM EST

THE BACKGROUND: It was the year that mental health took a prominent position in the sports world — led by two female athletes, Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka. Biles, the American gymnastics superstar, earned her seventh Olympic medal and second in Tokyo with a third-place finish in...

Mental health among athletes spotlighted in tumultuous 2021

Dec. 22, 2021 09:57 AM EST

Simone Biles understands now that she was struggling long before she arrived at the Tokyo Olympics, where the unofficial face of the Games and one of the greatest gymnasts of all time was unable to force a smile and push her way through on the world's biggest stage. Biles had...

Organizers say Tokyo Olympics cost $1.8B less than expected

Dec. 22, 2021 09:10 AM EST

The Tokyo Olympics cost $1.8 billion less than anticipated, local organizers said Wednesday, 4 1/2 months after the Games ended. Organizers said the estimated official costs were $13.6 billion. Officials said part of the reduction was because there were no fans — forced by the...

Boxing among 3 Olympic sports in danger of losing 2028 spot

Dec. 09, 2021 13:29 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Boxing, weightlifting and modern pentathlon were set a target of about 18 months on Thursday to make changes in order to keep their status as Olympic sports for the 2028 Los Angeles Games. The governing bodies of boxing and weightlifting were described as problem...